Rumblings of discontent in Russia
While we in the U.S. have been absorbed in our national news coming out of Washington D.C. and other places, some interesting things have been happening in Russia of which we need to take account. On Sunday, more than 1,000 people were arrested in Moscow, along with smaller numbers in 82 different Russian cities. Those arrested were protesting against Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev because of allegations published earlier this month by a political opponent of President Putin and the Prime Minister. Medvedev is a former president of Russia and a close ally of Vladimir Putin. It was estimated that altogether 60,000 people turned out for the protests throughout the country.
The allegations were made by Alexei Navalny, a 40-year-old politician in Russia who has expressed opposition toward Putin and Medvedev and other officlals, charging them with high levels of corruption. Navalny’s high profile expose alleged many accounts of corruption on the part of Medvedev, claiming that he controls vast estates in Russia, together with other assets including two yachts and vineyards in Tuscany in Italy and that he has amassed a huge fortune that far exceeds his official salary. These allegations do not sit well with the average Russian family that is struggling with the country’s worst recession in more than 20 years.